2020 Tony Awards postponed due to the coronavirus

The 2020 Tony Awards, originally scheduled to air Sunday, June 7, on CBS, will be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a spokeswoman announced Wednesday.

The statement said that a new date for the telecast, live from Radio City Music Hall, would be decided once Broadway reopens.

Like the entire entertainment industry, Broadway has been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a temporary ban on gatherings over 500 people on March 12, all 41 Broadway theaters were forced to shut down with the hope of returning by April 12, making it the longest hiatus for the Great White Way in history.

Still, insiders say it’s unlikely that Broadway will be back in business in just three weeks. Several shows that did not make it to their opening nights, including the plays “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Hangmen,” have posted closing notices. And several others have been pushed into the fall, such as the musicals “Caroline, or Change” and “Flying Over Sunset.”

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